Directed By: Jon de Bont
Written By: Graham Yost
This was a big hit in my household growing up, as all action movies were, but as I grew up I started to consider it stupid. In my arrogance as a movie fan I thought I was above movies like this until catching it on television one day and getting sucked in. I sat there hanging on every second with a film I had grown up with but hadn’t seen in more than a decade. I immediately hit the Amazon page and had to have this film in the collection.
Watching this movie for the review I found myself so sucked in again it brought about the question of why I had lost faith in it before. I have been building our collection for almost 20 years now and Speed never seemed to qualify as far as I was concerned. Having given the matter some thought I think a lot of it had to do with the sequel, Speed 2: Cruise Control.
I get that it makes sense to do another film once the first one was successful but couldn’t they have come up with something better than the exact same formula with a boat? It was a bad idea, and once Keanu Reeves bailed to go on tour with his band the movie should have been dropped. However, it would have been just as stupid with Reeves had they intended to make the same story. If they had made a Jack Traven sequel that had nothing to do with a speeding vehicle it might have been cool. Back in the 90s though, if something worked once it was worth trying a second time, just like Die Hard 2. Did it make sense for John McClain to find himself in the exact same situation a year later? No, but was the second step in a franchise that has made it through many films.
Everything above was written the day after Amber and I watched Speed, and then suddenly a couple months had passed. I’ve sat on this review for what feels like forever now and I just want to put it behind me and move forward. It was a cool movie that has a significant place in action movie history.
There, it’s weak, it’s lazy, it’s borderline embarrassing but I wash my hands of this one. It’s time to move forward in the movie collection.
NEXT MOVIE: Spider-Man (2002)